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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
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Spectral Theory (Summer Semester 2011)

Lecturer: PD Dr. Peer Christian Kunstmann
Classes: Lecture (0156400), Problem class (0156500)
Weekly hours: 4+2

Lecture: Friday 11:30-13:00 1C-04
Tuesday 11:30-13:00 1C-04
Problem class: Wednesday 15:45-17:15 Z 1
Lecturer PD Dr. Peer Christian Kunstmann
Office hours: Tuesday, 13 - 14 Uhr
Room 2.027 Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Email: peer.kunstmann@kit.edu
Problem classes Dr. Heiko Hoffmann
Office hours: Monday, 16:00 - 17:00, and by appointment
Room 2.048 Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Email: heiko.hoffmann@kit.edu

Spectral theory is concerned with properties of linear operators in Banach spaces.
Given a linear operator A in a complex Banach space X with domain D(A) the spectrum \sigma(A) is the set of all complex \lambda such that \lambda I-A:D(A)\to X is not an isomorphism (here D(A) is equipped with the graph norm). Most prominent and already known from finite dimensions (linear algebra) are eigenvalues \lambda, but in infinite dimensions new phenomena arise.
The complement \rho(A) of \sigma(A) in \mathbb{C} is called the resolvent set of A.

Central topics in spectral theory are properties of the spectrum \sigma(A) including investigation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, properties of the resolvent map \lambda\mapsto(\lambda I-A)^{-1}, decomposition of the space X in invariant subspaces and existence of functional calculi for A.

In the lecture we shall study in particular

  • spectrum and resolvent for bounded and unbounded operators,
  • spectral properties of compact operators in Banach spaces,
  • the spectral theorem for self adjoint operators in Hilbert space,
  • applications to differential operators and boundary value problems.


Summary of the lectures


J.B. Conway: A Course in Functional Analysis, Springer.
E.B. Davies: Spectral Theory and Differential Operators, Cambridge University Press.
N. Dunford, J.T. Schwartz: Linear Operators, Part I: General Theory, Wiley.
D.E. Edmunds, W.D. Evans: Spectral Theory and Differential Operators, Oxford University Press.
T. Kato: Perturbation Theory of Linear Operators, Springer.
S. Lang: Real and Functional Analysis, Springer.
R. Meise, D. Vogt: Introduction to Functional Analysis, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
W. Rudin: Functional Analysis, McGraw-Hill.
D. Werner: Funktionalanalysis, Springer.